There were actually a number of these cars if you're talking a while ago.
Honda Prelude Si 4ws
(I see R&T did a test in 8/87, so I'm guessing an '87 model or early '88,
also I see a '92 listed in my spreadsheet, so this was around a bit)
Mazda 626 (only in a special 4-door, white, auto-trans, '88? only,)
Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 ('91 & '92)
Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR-4
Nissan/Infiniti may never have brought any "active" 4-wheel steering cars
here. I know they had some in Japan, but I believe the ones they sold here
were more of a passive system.
Of the systems above the Honda was a purely mechanical system, changing
between in-phase and "out of phase" based on steering wheel angle. The 626
and Galant were speed dependent, the Mazda changing between phases, the
Mitsubishi being in-phase only and only above 30mph. I know the Galant
was hydraulic; the 626 also, having a rear power steering fluid filter to
change at 30 or 60K that was a pain due to labor, $200, I think.
In phase: \ \
Out of phase:
One of the magazines (Car & Driver?) did a comparison of cars that were
otherwise identical except for 2 vs. 4 wheel steer. They were pretty
unimpressed. As recently as December I was shopping for a Galant VR-4 and
test drove two. Very nice. Can't say that I could feel 4ws in any way. I
suppose high speed accident avoidance would be where you'd feel the
difference. I didn't think about it enough at the time to pitch the car
around and (what a surprise) didn't actually have anybody cut me off during
the test drives.
-Eric Harman (email@example.com)
'91 Audi 200 Quattro
'90 Mazda 626 GT
'91 Mazda Protege LX (for sale)
The lost patrol:
'91 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, '86 Honda Civic Si, '72 Datsun 510, '72
Datsun 240 Z, '82 Kawasaki GPz 550, '74 Fiat 124 Special TC, '71 Plymouth
> Does anybody remember a car built a while ago that had 4 wheel steering
> that gave it better handling supposedly? It suddenly popped up into my
> mind today. I think AWS must have flopped big time because you don't see
> the car on the road anymore, nor do you see new versions of it today...